Why Israel will miss Shimon Peres

Published 12:34 AM EDT, Wed September 28, 2016

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Aaron Miller: Above all, Shimon Peres seemed to aspire to be a peacemaker

At no time in the history of his country does Israel need him more than now, Miller writes

Editor’s Note: Aaron David Miller is a vice president and distinguished scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and author of “The End of Greatness: Why America Can’t Have (and Doesn’t Want) Another Great President.” Miller was a Middle East negotiator in Democratic and Republican administrations. Follow him @aarondmiller2. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.

(CNN) —  

Interviewing the late former Israeli President Shimon Peres on the occasion of his 90th birthday, I asked him what it takes to be a good leader.

“If you want to be a leader serve, because what you can achieve by goodwill, you cannot achieve by power,” he said.

And serve he did.

Peres died Wednesday, but his career was intertwin